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Tchibo - Kaffee & sustainability


Tchibo - Kaffee
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Sustainability summary

Tchibo has achieved the E-label, because there's no concrete policy in place on climate, environment or labor conditions. It is hard to see the effort Tchibo is making on sustainability. Therefore, more transparency is needed.

Brand owner: Tchibo GmbH
Head office: Hamburg, Germany
Sector: Coffee brands
Categories : Coffee
Free Tags: Tchibo, Fairtrade, UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance, EU organic, 4C

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Tchibo - Kaffee sustainability score report

Last edited: 27 January 2018 by David
Last reviewed: 27 January 2018 by Hilary

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

0 out of 4
1. Does the brand (owner) have a policy to reduce climate emissions generated from its own operations as well as its product supply chain? Tchibo implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of its own operations, such as reducing energy consumption, but it does not report measures to reduce emissions from its supply chain beyond own operations (see link, page 58-60). Source
2. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its 'own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Tchibo reports CO2 emissions from its energy consumption at sites, business trips and transportation fleet, but does not confirm that this encompasses their entire Scope 1 and 2 emissions (see link, page 77). Source
3. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain that is 'beyond own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Tchibo does not publish the climate footprint of its supply chain (see link, page 77). Source
4. Has the brand (owner) set a target to make at least its own operations fully climate neutral by 2030, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? Tchibo has set sustainability goals, but it is unclear whether it aims to be climate neutral by 2030 (see link, page 59-60). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 8
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 5% of its volume? Tchibo reports that 41.2% of its coffee is certified, but this includes entry-level certifications (i.e., 4C) with lenient environmental standards. It is also not clear how much coffee is sourced from each certification scheme (see link, page 53). Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 20% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 40% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 60% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified coffee for at least 80% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (owner) use environmentally certified coffee and/ or tea for at least 95% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand (owner) report what percentage of its consumer packaging materials (which includes capsules and cups) are renewable or made from recycled materials, and does the brand implement best practices or concrete policies which have reduced the environmental impact of their packaging materials? Tchibo uses more than 90% recyclable packaging materials and its capsules are recyclable (but not bio-degradable) (see link, p. 62). The total amount of packaging materials used has been reduced from 20.462 tons in 2014 to 19172 tons in 2015 (see link, page 78). Source
8. Does the brand (owner) publish its absolute waste materials footprint and implement concrete policies to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, thereby decreasing its waste footprint compared to the previous reporting year? Tchibo does not communicate clear information about its absolute waste materials footprint. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 out of 8
1. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification, and is the premium for smallholder farmers at least 10%, and are there similar provisions for plantation workers? Tchibo implements policy measures to improve the farmers working and living conditions, such as the Tchibo Joint Forces project. However, clear results are not reported and it is unclear whether these measures go beyond certification (see link, page 25). Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee? Tchibo reports that 41.2% of its coffee is certified, but this includes entry-level certifications (i.e., 4C) with lenient social standards. It is also not clear how much coffee is sourced from each certification scheme (see link, page 53). Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 20% coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 40% coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 60% coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 80% coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (owner) purchase at least 95% coffee and/or tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee and/or tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of coffee suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of coffee? Tchibo does not provide a list of direct suppliers. Source